Emma Raducanu US Open 2021

Emma Raducanu to take first holiday in seven years to prepare for next season

As her competitive season ends, Emma Raducanu will rest and recover on vacation before preparing for next season with new coach Torben Beltz

The 18-year-old British US Open champion recently lost 1-6 7-6 (7-0) 5-7 to Xinyu Wang at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz to draw the curtain on her 2021 season. During the match, Raducanu suffered a hip spasm but played through the injury.

The Brit will now take a holiday to rest and recover ahead of the 2022 season, before working on her fitness and endurance levels with newly-appointed coach Torben Beltz in preparation for the 2022 season.

The teenage sensation will compete in the Champions Tennis exhibition tournament at the Royal Albert Hall in late November, before then facing Belinda Bencic at the Abi Dhabi Exhibition in December, a repeat of the US Open quarter-final.

Raducanu’s last holiday was a long weekend away to Switzerland in 2014. She will use the break to celebrate her 19th birthday and belatedly toast her A-level results.

“I haven’t been on holiday for seven years. So it will be nice to have the opportunity to go somewhere.

“The last time was a long weekend to Switzerland with my parents. I’m hoping to make it longer than that.

“I’ll want to switch off completely to be honest. I have watched and been around a lot of tennis for the second half of this year,” Raducanu expressed.

“I will switch off and when I am back in pre-season I will be super hungry and motivated to do better.

On her breakthrough season and her physical fitness, Raducanu said “where I was in January, February and March compared to now, I’d have taken it.

“I have learned how much room I have to develop physically and what playing on the Tour week-in, week-out actually needs. Clearly my body is still trying to get up to speed.

“All these players are good, the margins are so small at this level, and match experience is something I have lacked. Those are the biggest learnings to take into next year.”

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